US Embassy Warns Women Missionaries in Egypt

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The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has posted a warning for American citizens, particularly female missionaries, living in Egypt. Officials cautioned on the embassy website that the government has "credible information suggesting terrorist interest in targeting U.S. female missionaries in Egypt."

Americans were warned to "exercise vigilance, taking necessary precautions to maintain their personal security." Egypt has been the scene of fevered anti-American demonstrations outside the embassy in recent weeks, as Muslims protest against a film they believe dishonors Mohammed.

The climate has deteriorated for Egyptian Christians as well, as a Coptic priest claimed Friday that a group of Christians had fled their town in the northern Sinai because of threats from Islamists.

Also on Friday, the chairperson of a House subcommittee said she would block $450 million in aid to Egypt requested by the Obama administration until U.S. relations with Cairo's Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government can be reviewed.

Representative Kay Granger (R)-Texas said in a statement, "I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I can not support it at this time....I have placed a hold on these funds."

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